Manchester United’s incredible unbeaten run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is over. After 12 top-flight matches without defeat, the Red Devils fell 2-0 to Arsenal in their most recent league game. It was a disappointing end to the week for United after their Champions League; Solskjaer’s men secured the unlikeliest of comebacks against Paris Saint-Germain to reach the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition.
Marcus Rashford showed nerves of steel to convert an injury-time penalty on that fateful night in Paris – much to the delight of Manchester United fans across the world. The visiting supporters partied long into the night and memories of 1999 came flooding back. Solskjaer has brought the fear factor back to Old Trafford and the Red Devils will fancy their chances of going all the way to the final.
With the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Ajax and FC Porto through to the next round, there is scope for United to take the competition by the scruff of the neck. Spurs continue to fall short when the going gets tough whilst Ajax and Porto are relatively inexperienced at this level. Ajax showed just how dangerous they are against Real Madrid but the Dutch outfit are by no means an elite contender in the tournament.
Finishing in the top four is Solskjaer’s top priority this campaign but imagine the scenes if United were to secure a fourth European crown? Depending on the quarter-final draw, the Red Devils will be confident of advancing past anyone over two legs and plenty of punters will be keen to back United ahead of the next round. A favourable draw will certainly help their chances of Champions League glory.
First up, we have the final international break of the campaign. With a large number of the squad on duty, Solskjaer will be keeping a close eye on his first team regulars as they join up with their respective national teams. The likes of Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw will be in action for England, who are 1/3 in bet365 international football betting to beat the Czech Republic in their Euro 2020 qualifying clash.
Solskjaer will be hoping that United’s players return to Carrington fresh after the break – the Red Devils have been plagued by injury issues in recent weeks. With 10 first team players side-lined against PSG and eight against Arsenal, players are starting to recover and a week off could do United good. Momentum is with the Red Devils but that extra time to rest and recover could prove beneficial in the coming months.
United will shake that defeat to Arsenal off – it would be foolish to ponder too much on a loss like that. The Red Devils are on an upward trajectory under Solskjaer and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see United advance to the semi-finals. Ole’s at the wheel and United fans are loving it but there could be another chapter to come. Watch this space, United are right in the mix for another European title.